I just finished reading “Unlocked” by Karen Kingsbury.  It was an incredible story.

“Unlocked” is about a boy named Holden Harris who has been trapped in the prison of severe autism since he was 3 years old.  Through faith, music, and being reunited with his childhood friend, Ella, a miracle begins to take place.

I really don’t know how to put into words what this book meant to me, but I’ll try.  It touched my heart in a special way.  I feel like I understand a little more about autism as well as how overwhelmingly heartbraking it must be to lose your child to autism–whether they are born with it or develop it later on.  (The book was based on a true story, by the way.  The author experienced something very similar in a little boy that she knew who had autism.)

But even though the story was about such a tough subject, it had more hope in its pages than anything I’ve read in a long time.  When Holden experienced a little victory, even as small as making eye contact with someone, it was as if I was right there, celebrating with them.

I don’t want to give anything away, but Beauty and the Beast also played a huge role in Holden’s story.  As many of you know, Beauty and the Beast is my very favorite Disney movie.  And now it’s even more special to me because of the connection to this story.

As the movie says, and as I was reminded in this story, we all need to try harder to see the person on the inside.  So many of us are locked in cages, whatever they may be.  And we need to strive to see each other for who we really are.


Beauty and the Beast


Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends

Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast.

Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise.

Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong.

Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast.

Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast.





PS.  On Amazon reviews, “Unlocked” has 600 5-star ratings and 18 4-star ratings. It really is an amazing story.



About mselizondo

We've been married since December of 2008, and our son, Josiah, was born in July of 2012. We love spending time with family, running, music, traveling, and reaching out to others as a family. View all posts by mselizondo

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